Get the House Ready for Guests in 20 Minutes or Less
The spring and summer entertaining season has arrived. From Mother's Day brunches and Father's Day barbecues to bridal showers and graduation parties, people host an endless string of events in their homes during this time. However, busy schedules can often make it difficult to prepare for guests and give the house a thorough cleaning from top to bottom.
To help hosts get their homes in order, Bissell partnered with home and lifestyle expert Evette Rios to share quick and easy tips that will have a house guest-ready and fresh in no time.
Rios advises starting with the following tasks: do the dishes, make the bed, clear clutter, and vacuum and sweep high-traffic areas, like the kitchen and living room, to clear up dirt, crumbs and hair. Sprinkle some deodorizing powder on carpets, wait for a few minutes and vacuum as usual. Not only does the powder clean up to three times better than vacuuming alone, it also eliminates odors and leaves behind a light fresh scent.
"While these tasks may seem very small, they make a huge impact on the home's appearance and create a sense of order," Rios said. "It will give the impression that you've spent a lot of time and energy on chores when you've only used a few minutes of your day."
Everyday household items can also double as effective tools for cleaning and freshening. Old socks, pantyhose, cotton swabs and vanilla extract are just a few of the items that Rios cites as her must-haves when she needs to tidy up quickly. An old sock is great for dusting blinds; inexpensive pantyhose from the drug store wipe away residue that collects on decorative candles; and a cotton swab dipped in vinegar cleans hard-to-reach grime in window tracks.
"Some of these tips may seem unconventional, but they really work wonders," Rios said. "One of my favorite tricks to freshen a room is to put a few drops of vanilla extract on an unlit light bulb. When it's turned on, the bulb heats up the extract and lets off a delicious scent. Guests love that the house smells so sweet!"
Whether entertaining last-minute guests or planning an all-out party, hosts with the most will be able enjoy all their events when the stressful task of rigorous cleaning beforehand is made simpler.